The Competitive Value of Data: From Analytics to Machine Learning

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The article noted that regulators, policy makers and academics in Europe and the US are increasingly concerned that the vast data assets of digital giants could become a competitive barrier to startups and innovation. Business analytics predates the big data era.

Institutional Innovation - I Have a Dream

John Hagel

Today they are an unnatural bundle of three very different and often conflicting business types: infrastructure management, product innovation and commercialization, and customer relationship businesses. Rather than pushing all the right people and resources into the right place at the right time to meet demand forecasts, the focus will be on participating in scalable pull platforms where the right people and resources can be drawn out as needed and where needed.

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White House: Innovation in Higher Education

George Siemens

The invitation was somewhat cryptic, but basically stated that the focus on the meeting was on quality and innovation. This invite was then followed a week later with a link to a post by Ted Mitchell, Undersecretary of Education, on Innovation and Quality in Higher Education , to help prepare for the conversation. My thoughts below are suitably vague so as to not identify who else was there and the specifics of the meeting.

Innovation in an Age of Austerity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

On December 7 I participated in an Innovation Summit sponsored by the UK Innovation Research Centre (UK-IRC) at the University of Cambridge. The UK-IRC is “a collaborative initiative for cutting-edge research and knowledge exchange activities on how innovation can make businesses more competitive, improve public services delivery and help the UK meet the social, environmental and economic challenges it faces.”

Meetings and Bosshole Behavior: A Classic Case - Bob Sutton

Bob Sutton

The ergonomics of innovation -- The McKinsey Quarterly. interview Pixar Brad Bird - Innovation lessons from Pixar Director Brad Bird - Strategy - Innovation - The McKinsey Quarterly. IBM Reshapes Its Sales Meetings - BusinessWeek. BusinessWeek: How to Make Meetings Matter. Customer-Focused Innovation. David A Owens: Creative People Must Be Stopped: 6 Ways We Kill Innovation (Without Even Trying). Told boss and left meeting. Bob Sutton.

An innovative workshop on radical management

Steve Denning

In these three days ( March 19-21 in Washington DC ), you will discover how to use radical management to thrive in the 21 st Century creative economy and the world of continuous innovation. Have you ever wondered how your firm is going to survive and thrive as the world economy goes through a fundamental phase change—from industrial bureaucracy to a creative economy of continuous innovation? Why innovation happens “despite” the system, not because of it.

Why Innovation is Critical to Help Governments Adjust to the Realities of the 21st Century?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Aligning government with 21st century economic realities will require innovations at least as disruptive and profound as those embraced by the private sector. By harnessing major technological shifts and adopting best business practices, we can not only make our government far more productive, but also foster greater innovation in areas ranging from healthcare to education and energy – innovation that will generate economic growth and job creation.”. “We

The Emergence of Industry 4.0

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Many of these innovations are in their infancy, but they are already reaching an inflection point in their development as they build on and amplify each other in a fusion of technologies across the physical, digital and biological worlds.”.

The Transformative Power of Cloud Computing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I was recently involved in two different meetings, each convened by an IT research organization focused on providing strategic advice to CIOs. My participation in each of the CIO meetings was in the form of a fireside chat with a senior analyst of the organization.

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Become a More Productive, Empathetic, Creative Person With the Help of AI-Based Tools

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In a recent article in the MIT Sloan Management Review , MIT Research Fellow Michael Schrage proposed a provocative and counterintuitive approach for enhancing innovation and productivity through man-machine collaborations. Instead of just asking how can people create more valuable innovation?,

Customer Experience - the Key Competitive Differentiator in the Digital Age

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

More specifically, the survey asked them about their progress in embracing five major digital trends: big data and advanced analytics, digital engagement of customers, digital engagement of employees and external partners, automation, and digital innovation.

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The New Era of Smart, Connected Products

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For the past few years, some have justifiably questioned whether innovation has been going through a period of stagnation , especially when compared to major 19th and 20th century innovations like electricity, cars and airplanes.

Human-AI Decision Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Nor have they integrated the large amounts of data, analytical tools and powerful AI systems now at our disposal into their decision making systems. . Sports analytics are now used by just about every professional sports team in the world.

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A Talk On Fast Innovation, All In One Great Picture - Bob Sutton

Bob Sutton

The ergonomics of innovation -- The McKinsey Quarterly. interview Pixar Brad Bird - Innovation lessons from Pixar Director Brad Bird - Strategy - Innovation - The McKinsey Quarterly. IBM Reshapes Its Sales Meetings - BusinessWeek. BusinessWeek: How to Make Meetings Matter. Customer-Focused Innovation. David A Owens: Creative People Must Be Stopped: 6 Ways We Kill Innovation (Without Even Trying). Innovation in a Recession: Forum | KQED|NPR.

The Evolution of the Internet of Very Smart Things

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These systems were optimized for simplicity and flexibility, and their graphical user interfaces led to many innovative applications, including the new web-based applications in the 1990s. Even as revenues fail to meet expectations, costs are prohibitively high.

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The Challenges of Executing a Transformational Strategy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Startups were experimenting with many new applications and business models, - some of which turned out to be quite innovative, and some rather silly. Complex Systems Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Technology and Strategy

Imagination, Creativity and Related Subjects

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

We’ve been friends for over 20 years, and currently both serve on the Advisory Board of USC’s Annenberg Innovation Lab. . They experiment with what they already know how to do and modify it to meet new challenges or contests. It is innovation’s missing dimension. .

The Emergence of Industry 4.0

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The WEF has taken the broad-scope view , having chosen The Fourth Industrial Revolution as the central theme of its January, 2016 annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. “We are at the beginning of a revolution that is fundamentally changing the way we live, work, and relate to one another,” wrote Dr. Schwab in his 2017 book. Data analytics and digital trust are the foundations. “Data fuels Industry 4.0 Robust, enterprise-wide analytics requires significant change.

Embracing Disruptive Change - Why Is it So Difficult?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Not for nothing do we refer to the changes accompanying disruptive innovations as creative destruction , the powerful force that rejuvenates the economy in Joseph Schumpeter’s 70 year old theory. This is the innovator’s dilemma - and no company or industry is immune.” .

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Organizing Big Data Initiatives: Lessons from the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

my fellow guest columnist Tom Davenport reflected on whether institutions should appoint a dedicated executive to oversee their company-wide big data and analytics initiatives, and if so, which C-level senior executives should such a position report to.

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The accelerating velocity, expanded scope and systemic impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution will lead to constant surprises and serious disruptions, including: Customer expectations - No transformation is more challenging than meeting the service expectations of digitally empowered customers.

The Rise of the T-Shaped Organization

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A growing number of articles have been extolling the value of T-shaped professionals , that is, individuals who combine deep cognitive, analytical, and/or technical skills in a specific discipline, with broad multidisciplinary, social skills.

The Continuing, Transformative Impact of IT

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Disruptive innovations take time to play out. The social matrix, the Internet of all things, big data and advanced analytics, and realizing anything as a services are the report’s top four trends. Its potential for driving business innovation remains untapped.

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The Evolution Toward Digital Supply Chains

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The meeting was organized by the Center for Global Enterprise (CGE), - the nonprofit research institution founded by former IBM Chairman and CEO Sam Palmisano to study the contemporary corporation, globalization, economic trends, and their impact on society.

Customer Experience - the Key Competitive Differentiator in the Digital Age

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

More specifically, the survey asked them about their progress in embracing five major digital trends: big data and advanced analytics, digital engagement of customers, digital engagement of employees and external partners, automation, and digital innovation. Overall, the digital experience satisfaction score was 55%, indicating that companies have a long way to go to meet their customers’ expectations.

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Reflections on Storytelling

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It’s a good way of explaining what the new innovation is all about in as simple a way as possible. The dot-com era was famous for its many innovations, but also for its hype. Transmedia storytelling is one of the major area being pursued at the Annenberg Innovation Lab.

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Human-AI Decision Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Nor have they integrated the large amounts of data, analytical tools and powerful AI systems now at our disposal into their decision making systems. . Sports analytics are now used by just about every professional sports team in the world. These cross-team ties help to break down silos and increase an organization's productivity and ability to innovate.”.

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The Datafication of Business and Society

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Digital Money and Payments Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

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Why Do We Need Data Science when We’ve Had Statistics for Centuries?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I still remember a meeting in 1965 with a very eminent physicist from whom I was taking a graduate course. Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Technology and Strategy

The Digitization of the Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It has often been said that powerful disruptive innovations like the Internet are overhyped in the short term but under-hyped in the long term. They wrote about the profound transformations brought about by ever more advanced technologies and innovations.

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Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Reflections on Complex Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Irving Wladawsky-Berger A collection of observations, news and resources on the changing nature of innovation, technology, leadership, and other subjects. Can architectures be analytically and empirically evaluated before and after development, deployment and systems operation?

The Power Of The Roles We Take: A Very Old Study And Related.

Bob Sutton

The ergonomics of innovation -- The McKinsey Quarterly. interview Pixar Brad Bird - Innovation lessons from Pixar Director Brad Bird - Strategy - Innovation - The McKinsey Quarterly. IBM Reshapes Its Sales Meetings - BusinessWeek. BusinessWeek: How to Make Meetings Matter. Customer-Focused Innovation. David A Owens: Creative People Must Be Stopped: 6 Ways We Kill Innovation (Without Even Trying). Innovation in a Recession: Forum | KQED|NPR.

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The Challenges of Executing a Transformational Strategy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

And, having a strong digital foundation gives those companies a leg up in embracing data analytics , AI , blockchain , and other advanced technologies, further widening their advantage. “The time for merely thinking digital has passed; the future belongs to the doers,” notes the Symposium’s website. Startups were experimenting with many new applications and business models, - some of which turned out to be quite innovative, and some rather silly.

The Complex Transition to the Age of the Cloud

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

After a full day of talks and discussions, the sense of the meeting was that cloud computing has the promise to bring a real paradigm shift to the IT world, although, as the conference organizer succinctly put it in his closing remarks: “There is a clear consensus that there is no real consensus on what cloud computing is.” Cloud Computing Complex Systems Economic Issues Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Services Innovation Smart Systems Technology and Strategy

Indira Gandhi on Doing Work Versus Taking Credit For It - Bob Sutton

Bob Sutton

The ergonomics of innovation -- The McKinsey Quarterly. interview Pixar Brad Bird - Innovation lessons from Pixar Director Brad Bird - Strategy - Innovation - The McKinsey Quarterly. IBM Reshapes Its Sales Meetings - BusinessWeek. BusinessWeek: How to Make Meetings Matter. Customer-Focused Innovation. David A Owens: Creative People Must Be Stopped: 6 Ways We Kill Innovation (Without Even Trying). Innovation in a Recession: Forum | KQED|NPR.

The Science of Information-based Predictions

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Many pollsters seem to still be using methodologies that worked well a decade or two ago, but look woefully behind the times in the emerging world of big data and advanced analytics. For months, just like a good portion of the country, I followed closely our 2012 presidential campaign.

The Evolution Toward Digital Supply Chains

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The meeting was organized by the Center for Global Enterprise (CGE), - the nonprofit research institution founded by former IBM Chairman and CEO Sam Palmisano to study the contemporary corporation, globalization, economic trends, and their impact on society. The CEOs at the meeting in China concluded that their highest research priority was the evolution toward Digital Supply Chains (DSC), and its potential to transform organizations and the conduct of business around the world.

The 20th Anniversary of Linux

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

We viewed Linux as a platform for innovation just like we viewed the Internet. I devoted the rest of my presentation to answering that question by discussing four major current IBM initiatives where Linux has played a major role as an enabling technology: Cloud Computing , Smarter Planet and Smarter Cities , Information Analytics , and Supercomputing. A number of other speakers also focused on open innovation and collaboration in their keynotes.

Complexity and Design in Warfare

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Forum holds several meetings a year, each centered on a specific topic, mostly related to information technologies and their impact on society. Over the past few meetings the Forum has focused on various topics related to complex systems, - how to best understand and manage them in the present, as well as predict and shape their future directions. In this recent meeting we discussed how to apply the concept of design to address such complex systems and problems.

Leveraging Commercial Best Practices to Maximize Government Productivity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A number of the CEOs involved in this study also met with senior White House and Federal Reserve economic officials to discuss their recommendations , which emphasize both the need to reduce the nation’s growing deficit as well as laying a foundation for future innovation and growth. Again and again, new capabilities have simultaneously reduced costs and sparked innovation.”. To meet these expectations, the public sector must transform itself.”

Rejected: On being disappointed, sorta

George Siemens

However, the focus of this research chair on learning innovation and analytics captured my interest and I decided to apply (obviously informing my colleagues at Athabasca University of my intent. Over the last few months I engaged in various Skype interviews with HR and was finally short-listed as one of 3 visitors to Royal Roads for an on-campus presentation, meeting with faculty, and such. That meeting happened last week.

Social Business Forum Highlights – Highlights from Breakout Sessions and Final Keynote

Luis Suarez

After the break from the first initial round of keynotes, the breakout sessions got kicked off into three different tracks: Employee Empowerment, Customer Engagement and Open Innovation. Once again, I am on the road on to another business trip.

Growing Up in a Complex World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

They were confident that information and analysis would help them better deal with the increasingly complex environments in which we live. “When we looked just at those students who had the greatest expectation of accelerating complexity, we found they put much more emphasis on the analytic and predictive capabilities of information. To meet this commitment, they said they needed to understand and respond to diverse cultures and local needs, whether economic, environmental or social.”